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Queensland counts Yasi’s huge cost

February 3, 2011 Comments off

By Greg Ansley

Under leaden skies and sheets of torrential rain that obscured its ranges, north Queensland was last night counting both costs and blessings as Cyclone Yasi raged far into the west, losing potency as it went.

The massive category-five cyclone – raging on to the coast between Cairns and Townsville early yesterday and cutting a 1000km-wide swathe – was the largest storm in the state’s modern history.

But while it caused huge damage, it missed the region’s biggest population centres and, as far as authorities could judge last night, left no one dead or seriously injured. However, last night, two men were missing in Innisfail.

In Cairns, three babies were born at Yasi’s peak – one a girl in an evacuation centre, helped by a midwife also sheltering there.

There may yet be some tragic shocks: Read more…

Tropical Cyclone Yasi Headed Toward Queensland, Australia

January 31, 2011 Comments off

NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of Yasi on Jan. 30 at 23:20 UTC (6:20 p.m. EST/09:20 a.m., Monday, January 31 in Australia/Brisbane local time). Although the image did not reveal a visible eye, the storm appears to be well-formed and also appears to be strengthening. Credit: NASA Goddard / MODIS Rapid Response Team

Tropical Storm Anthony made landfall in Queensland, Australia this past weekend, and now the residents are watching a larger, more powerful cyclone headed their way. NASA’s Terra satellite captured a visible image of the large Tropical Cyclone Yasi late yesterday as it makes its way west through the Coral Sea toward Queensland.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured an image of Cyclone Yasi on Jan. 30 at 23:20 UTC (6:20 p.m. EST/09:20 a.m., Monday, January 31 in Australia/Brisbane local time). Although the image did not reveal a visible eye, the storm appears to be well-formed and also appears to be strengthening.

Warnings and watches are already in effect throughout the Coral Sea. The Solomon Islands currently have a Tropical Cyclone warning for Read more…

Storms hit Western Australia southwest as cyclone nears

January 29, 2011 Comments off

Saturday afternoon’s storms caused damage in parts of Perth and regional towns to the east, including Toodyay, Northam, York and Wongan Hills.

State Emergency Service volunteers have responded to 20 calls for assistance in Perth for rain damage, localised flooding and roof collapses, the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) said.

In Northam and York, east of Perth, around 30 buildings were badly damaged, many with roofs torn off, and powerlines and other structures were also hammered, it said.

Between Northampton and Jurien Bay, north of Perth, there had been 18 calls for assistance for damaged roofs.

The stormy weather cut power to around 55,000 homes in WA’s south on Saturday as the category three cyclone Bianca approached across the Indian Ocean. Read more…

Powerful Tropical Cyclones Descend On Australia

January 26, 2011 Comments off

 

Tropical Cyclone Bianca continues to develop as it moves quickly to the west southwest over open waters west of Broome. The cyclone is expected to intensify further as it moves parallel to the Pilbara coast today and on Thursday.

Gales are expected for a period between Wallal and Whim Creek this afternoon, extending to Karratha late this afternoon or this evening and to Onslow and Exmouth during Thursday morning. DESTRUCTIVE WINDS with gusts to 160 kilometres per hour are possible between Whim Creek and Mardie later today, moving further west overnight.

Heavy rain is expected in coastal parts between Wallal and Karratha during this afternoon, extending further west overnight. Localised stream rises are likely but widespread flooding is not expected.

Residents of Pilbara coastal communities west of Whim Creek, including Wickham, Karratha, Dampier, Onslow and Exmouth are warned of the potential for a DANGEROUS STORM TIDE. Tides may rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and DANGEROUS COASTAL FLOODING.

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Anthony is situated over the eastern Coral Sea and is slow moving. The system is forecast to develop a west northwesterly track tonight and into Wednesday while remaining below tropical cyclone strength.

A CYCLONE WATCH IS IN FORCE FOR NORFOLK ISLAND TROPICAL CYCLONE WILMA (CATEGORY 4) WAS CENTRED NEAR 23 South 176 East at 1730 NFT on 26-Jan-2011 or about 900 kilometres northeast of Norfolk Island. WILMA is moving west-southwest 16 knots but is expected to slow down and pass near Norfolk Island on Friday as it turns towards the south. There is the potential for heavy rain and winds of gale force or stronger to develop on Friday. As there is still uncertainty about the exact track and timing people are advised to keep up to date with weather forecasts.